There seems to be a trend - or maybe pastors are just more open - toward pastors claiming complete control over the church in which they minister. [deleted by request of poster] He has recently stated that the church constitution is not Biblical as it does not give the pastor carte blanche. DH and I left a church last year where the pastor was not following church procedures but claimed since he was the pastor and was only thinking of the ministry he had the right. As we became more informed, we realized he was being dishonest in order to control certain large funds and to save face. He stated that if the church constitution did not allow him to do what he wanted, it should be thrown out. He had enough lemmings in the church that DH and I left rather than insist that things be done decently and in order. My brother and SILs church split over a pastor such as this - he was hired and then proceded to attempt to change the whole church. Many of the members began praying imprecatory prayers over this situation and within 6 months of the split, the pastor was killed in a head on car accident in which his son accidentally rear ended him and pushed him into on-coming traffic. If a pastor is called to a church and knows what the constitution states, why would he accept the call if he disagrees with the constitution? It would be like accepting any job and then balking at the job requirements. Only in the case of the pastors in these cases, they twist Scripture to support their manipulation and pride in hopes that younger Christians will not know how to discern the truth.